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The battle over network technology supremacy is reaching new heights, with both Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and T-Mobile USA trading claims over the performance of their next-generation networks.
Verizon Communications CTO Tony Melone dismissed T-Mobile’s claims that its upgraded HSPA+ network will offer service comparable to Verizon’s LTE network.
In an interview with CNet, Melone said HSPA+ provides incremental improvements via software and hardware upgrades and said it is possible to squeeze more performance out of HSPA+ technology. “So I am sure they are pushing the envelope on what can be done with HSPA+, but it doesn’t match what LTE is capable of,” he said. “The real difference in the technologies is when you look at what happens on the edge of the cell network, where the signal is weaker and speeds decrease. We’ve stated that average speeds on our network are 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps for downloads. And on the cell edge people are getting 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps on average. For HSPA, I’d say that the download would be a quarter of that or less. Folks who understand these technologies would have a hard time arguing with that.”
The verbal back-and-forth between carriers over network performance is nothing new, but has taken on a new twist now that both AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile claim HSPA+ is a “4G” technology.
Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, T-Mobile said at some point this year it plans to launch HSPA+ 42 technology, which provides theoretical peak speeds of 42 Mbps and represents a doubling of the speeds provided by the carrier’s current HSPA+ 21 network. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said that HSPA+ 42 will provide speeds that are comparable to Verizon’s LTE network. “There’s very little difference,” he said, adding that T-Mobile has been testing T-Mobile’s planned HSPA+ 42 upgrade against Verizon’s LTE network in Las Vegas and that both networks provided average download speeds of around 8 Mbps.
Melone added that he thinks the only reason T-Mobile is continually pushing the limits on HSPA+ technology is because the company lacks the spectrum to move to LTE. “So they are using HSPA+ to transition,” he said. “I’d do the same thing if I were them.”
Slightly more than a third of all U.S. subscribers used a downloaded mobile application in November 2010–up 1.1 percentage points over the previous three-month period–according to digital research firm comScore. In addition, 67.1 percent of subscribers used text messaging services in November, up 0.5 percentage points, and 23.5 percent accessed social networks or blogs, a 1.0 percentage point increase. comScore adds that mobile gaming attracted 22.6 percent of the U.S. wireless audience, and 15.0 percent tuned in to mobile music services.
According to comScore, about 61.5 million U.S. subscribers own smartphones as of November, up 10 percent over the preceding three-month period and a figure certain to increase even more significantly following the recent holiday season. Research In Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry operating system continues to lead the U.S. market at 33.5 percent of subscribers, but its dominance is shrinking rapidly, decreasing 4.1 percentage points over the previous three months. Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android is now in second overall at 26.0 percent market share (a 6.4 percentage points leap), edging past Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS at 25.0 percent (up 0.8 percentage points). Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone fell further off the pace in November, sliding 1.8 percentage points to capture 9.0 percent of the U.S. smartphone market.
T-Mobile USA is discontinuing its HotSpot@Home phone program. No more free, unlimited VOIP calls via Wi-Fi at home anymore, at least not through T-Mobile. Skype, anyone?
The program has been in place for two years, but apparently never hit it big. Current HotSpot@Home members can continue to use their subscriptions until they run out, and T-Mobile will continue to support phone calls via Wi-Fi in public hotspots.
Other than that, it doesn’t look like T-Mobile will be releasing a replacement to this service anytime soon.
Subscriptions were between $10 to $15 per month for unlimited calling for phones plugged into a broadband-connected adapter. But when Skype has monthly subscriptions starting at $2.95 that you can use from the ease of any compatible computer or smartphone, the HotSpot@Home program just doesn’t seem worth it.
Any T-Mobile users out there distraught over this?
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T-Mobile USA announced it will sell the Android-powered G-Slate tablet, built by LG, “in coming months.”
The companies provided little in the way of details. The G-Slate will run the “Honeycomb” version of Android 3.0, which is designed for tablet-style gadgets, and will support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the carrier has branded as 4G. The companies did not release specifications, pricing or a launch date.
The announcement of the G-Slate came mere minutes after Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) unveiled its own Honeycomb-powered tablet, the Xoom for Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ)–a possible move by T-Mobile and LG to lessen the splash of Motorola’s announcement here at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The G-Slate represents a further evolution of both T-Mobile USA and LG’s respective strategies. T-Mobile has been working to broaden and deepen its lineup of high-end devices, and currently sells the Samsung GalaxyTab tablet and the HSPA+-powered G2 and myTouch 4G smartphones. All of the gadgets run Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform.
For LG, the G-Slate brings to a close the company’s troubled tablet journey. LG announced in July its intention to offer an Android tablet in the fourth quarter of 2010. However, in October the company said it scrapped plans to offer an Android 2.2 tablet, arguing Android 2.2, dubbed Froyo, isn’t suitable for tablet-sized devices.
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AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will accelerate the deployment of its LTE network, launching LTE markets by mid-year with the entire deployment competed by 2013. In addition, the company will debut 20 4G devices this year. Those devices will use a variety of operating systems including Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 7 and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, implying that a 4G version of the iPhone is in the works.
AT&T described both HSPA+ and LTE network technologies and said it will be releasing devices that run on both technologies. Recently T-Mobile USA has blurred the lines calling its HSPA+ network and devices “4G.” When T-Mobile did so this past spring, AT&T said that calling HSPA+ “4G” was misleading.
Speaking at the company’s AT&T developer event held here today, AT&T Mobility CEO and President Ralph de la Vega said that recent tax incentives have made it possible to accelerate the company’s LTE deployment as well as expand its backhaul capabilities. Specifically, de la Vega said that the company is equipping its backhaul network with Ethernet and fiber, which will provide network speeds of up to 6 Mbps–what AT&T calls “4G speeds.” He expects that two-thirds of the company’s network traffic will be on the expanded backhaul by year-end.
In October, AT&T Operations CEO John Stankey said at an investor conference that the company would launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by year-end.
De la Vega also said that AT&T plans to introduce 20 4G devices this year, with HSPA+ devices coming in the first half of the year and LTE devices in the second half of the year. Those LTE devices will include smartphones, USB modems and hot spots and will use a variety of platforms including Android, Windows Phone and iOS. AT&T will launch HSPA+ smartphones that include the Motorola (NYSE:MOT) ATRIX 4G, the HTC Inspire 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G.
The carrier also said it plans to launch two tablets, including its first LTE tablet, by mid summer. Additional LTE tablets are planned for the second half of the year. The first tablet, running HSPA+, is made by Motorola, has a 10.1-inch screen, runs on Nvidia’s 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor and supports the “Honeycomb” version of Android.
By contrast, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has already launched 39 LTE markets, covering 110 million POPs. The carrier currently offers two laptop dongles, and charges $50 per month for 5 GB of LTE data and $80 for 10 GB of data. Verizon is expected to unveil a range of Android smartphones and at least one tablet here for its LTE network.
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Almost half of U.S. consumers are expected to own smartphones by year-end, which will further speed the growth of mobile shopping,mobile browsing and mobile business. Can your Business run with out Mobile? RealtyGo.co
More U.S. schools are experimenting with Apple’s iPad as a learning tool, including Roslyn High School in Long Island, N.Y., which handed out 47 of the devices to students and teachers in two classes last month. The digital devices create a new communication channel between students and teachers and also preserve a record of each student’s work.
This year may finally be the year of the tablet, with a new iPad and a new version of the Google Android platform in the wings, according to a Forrester Research report, which projects a doubling in tablet sales in 2011. Also adding to tablet fever is growing use of the mobile devices as educational tools.
Mobile payment systems using near-field communications technology are emerging: Wells Fargo says it will start a trial with 200 employees in San Francisco, and Google reportedly is considering starting a similar service this year. “We have made an investment in this technology, and we hope this investment pays off,” says Peter Ho, a Wells Fargo product manager.
Bazaar Labs, which produces the Miso mobile check-in service for TV viewers, raised $1.5 million in its first institutional round of funding. Google Ventures led the round, with Hearst joining in. Separately, Bazaar announced it has signed up the Oprah Winfrey Network as its first network partner of 2011
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) agreed to purchase WiFi chipmaker Atheros for $3.1 billion, or $45 per share.
San Jose-based Atheros is known for its innovations with WiFi chipsets. Earlier this year the company teamed with Wilocity to make WiGig-WiFi chips, and it also has been exploring ways to combine WiFi with powerline systems.
The deal is the largest ever for Qualcomm, and is expected to close sometime in the first half of the year. The New York Times first reported on the tie-up late Tuesday.
The acquisition would provide Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of cell phone chipsets, with a way to diversify beyond its core market into new growth areas such as tablets and smartphones, which require more processing power and must be able to connect via many different technologies besides cellular, such as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The deal could also allow Qualcomm to compete more heavily with longtime rival Broadcom.
This isn’t the first time Qualcomm has tried to get into the WiFi game. In 2006, the company purchased a WiFi chipmaker Airgo Networks.
Qualcomm is fresh off another big deal. In late December, the firm sold its 700 MHz spectrum that is uses for its soon-to-be-decommissioned FLO TV service to AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) for $1.925 billion.
via Qualcomm to buy WiFi chip giant Atheros for $3.1B – RelatyGo.co
This is by far some of the most exciting news we have read lately. Combing WiFi with local powerlines all over the U.S. – What will they think of next?
OnStar announced a new retail effort that dramatically broadens the company’s addressable market. Instead of offering its service through a calling system built into General Motors vehicles, OnStar announced a rear-view mirror that provides many of the same services and can be installed into cars from other automotive manufacturers.
Republican legislation will soon allow electronic devices for the first time in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to The New York Times. In a document known as the Speaker’s Announced Policies, it is proposed that “Members may use an electronic device on the House floor as long as it doesn’t ‘impair decorum.’” A Republican spokesman Brendan Buck said that “This is not free license to Skype or pay bills online. But we recognize that people consume information electronically these days. It’s just silly that the House wouldn’t accommodate that.
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FedEx and the NFL host a fantastic event at the University of Phoenix Stadium and a recognized sponsor and supporter of both brands attend; RealtyGo.co
With the only retractable field and roof combo in the NFL, the AZ Cardianal’s stadium is something of a modern wonder! With total cost of completion in the ball park (no pun intended) of 450 million, a sure steal compared to the “Outdoor” NJ stadium at a staggering 1.6 bil and other modern stadiums being constructed today. The University of Phoenix stadium seats 70, 000 fans “at max capacity” and in 2010 booked approx 275 days out of 365 with events. They are currently working with Mexico host Soccer and even allow monster truck shows to prevail.
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